At St Luke's we are fortunate enough to be affiliated to three local parish Churches- St Giles Cripplegate, St Clement's and Wesley's Chapel. As a Church of England Primary School we follow the Liturgical calendar celebrating Christian festivals such as Advent, Christmas, The Epiphany and Easter. We go to all or parishes in turn. For example, every Easter children, staff and families, sometimes joined by a Bishop form a pilgrimage and go to St Giles's Church with a donkey just as Jesus did. Year 4 always perform a moving dance in Church which marks the last supper and crucifixion. The whole experience is an unforgettable experience for the children and for all of us and it truly brings the spirit of Easter alive.
We very much value our partnership with our Clergy who are very often in school. As well as leading collective worship, they are part of the life of our school and help us to bring our vision alive. 'Love God. Love your neighbour as yourself: Be the Good Samaritan' is the way we live in St Luke's. We are led by our love of the Lord our God as we love each other and our neighbours as ourselves.
As St Luke's School, we celebrate St Luke's Day as close to the 18 October as possible. We celebrate the life of St Luke who was a great example to us all as doctor and a writer of a Gospel. Our services are always lively and interesting, incorporating dance, drama, singing, poetry and prayer. The Trustees of the school often give the children a small gift on this day which we are very grateful for.
St Giles' Cripplegate is one of the few surviving medieval churches in the City of London and sits in the middle of the Barbican Estate overlooked by tower blocks and the Barbican Arts Centre. When St Luke’s Old Street was declared unsafe as a church (and later extensively renovated to become LSO St Luke’s) the dedication of the parish became St Giles’ Cripplegate with St Luke’s Old Street. That is why St Luke’s is our Church of England School, although it is no longer in our parish.
St Giles’ is well known for its music and for the famous people connected with the church like the poet John Milton. Today we are an active parish church with an energetic Sunday Club, and lots going on.
Fr Jack Noble, Rector of St Giles is a valued member of our school community who is very often in school working alongside children and the staff team.
St Clements is also very close to our school, near Kings Square. Fr David is the Vicar who has a long-standing relationship with our school who we love to see. Vicky is curate at St Clements who also often visits us.
Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission is part of the Methodist Church. They are a welcoming and inclusive community, who work alongside others to reduce inequality and injustice.
Thomas Smith works as part of a team at the chapel. His role involves working with children & young people, coordinating and offering pastoral care, safeguarding, and more. Thomas sometimes leads collective worship in school and is always very welcome.